Trinity Episcopal Church

Why We Give Things Up in Lent

Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also…

In Lent you can pick up a practice just as well as you give one up. The point is that we can learn something about ourselves that we didn’t know before, and that can help our relationship with the Living God.

This sermon was preached on Ash Wednesday, March 6, 2019. The readings it is based on can be found here. It was preached at Trinity Episcopal Church in Warsaw, NY by the Rev. Sare Liz Anuszkiewicz.

*Why did Mother Sare say in the sermon, “Some of us are allowed to complain as much as we want!”? Because she had just mentioned that perhaps someone wants to give up complaining for Lent. However, if someone is struggling with chronic pain, or chemotherapy, or any horrific life circumstance which in former times would lead to sitting in sackcloth and ashes and entering a phase of mourning… please don’t imagine that God wants you to suffer in silence. When the pain inside won’t stop, complaining is an entirely reasonable endeavor and not something that should be given up for Lent.

Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday is almost upon us!

Ashes to Go will be from 5-6 PM in the parking lot next to the church. If you don’t have time for an inside service, stop on by in your car and we’ll help you kick off the Lenten Season. No worries.

Our inside service for Ash Wednesday will be at 6 PM in the Sanctuary.

When is Ash Wednesday? March 6th.

Living in the Now

Sometimes we want to live in the past. There are some beautiful times, after all, that we’ve had back then. And maybe we think all of our best times are, in fact, in our past. But the lesson of the Transfiguration is that no matter how amazing our life has been just a moment ago, we must continue to live in the present, for it is in the present that God has plans for us to do and be in the world.

This sermon was preached on March 3, 2019. The readings it is based on can be found here. It was preached at Trinity Episcopal Church in Warsaw, NY by the Rev. Sare Liz Anuszkiewicz.

Neighbors Can Be Annoying

This is why it’s hard to be an active Christian, not a hypocritical one.

This sermon was preached on Christmas Eve, 2018. The readings it is based on can be found here. It was preached at Trinity Episcopal Church in Warsaw, NY by the Rev. Sare Liz Anuszkiewicz.

Living Behind A Farting Ox

Cursed are you who trust in your own strength… blessed are you who trust in God. …Does this mean that God curses us when we’re prideful? That God blesses only those who toady up to him? It’s been a popular understanding for years (millennia). Have we been misunderstanding this all this time?

This sermon was preached on February 17, 2019 and the readings it was based on can be found here. It was preached at Trinity Episcopal Church in Warsaw, NY by the Rev. Sare Liz Anuszkiewicz.

*Mother Sare misspeaks in the beginning of the sermon and calls Jeremiah Isaiah once or twice. She clears it up eventually. Also, the favorite poet she mentions is Hafiz. The poem in question is called ‘Purity’ as translated by Daniel Ladinsky.

I Come From A People Of The F-Bomb

“God, you don’t want me, I like the f-bomb. I like it a lot. I am a woman of the f-bomb and I come from a people of the f-bomb.” But God would take me by the shoulders and shake me clean and clear like an etch-a-sketch. God can restart, wipe clear, and get ready whomever God needs to use.

This sermon was preached on February 10, 2019 and the readings it was based on can be found here. It was preached at Trinity Episcopal Church in Warsaw, NY by the Rev. Sare Liz Anuszkiewicz.

The Only Necessary Thing

Paul tells us how it really is: if you teach all the people in your church Sunday after Sunday, and you do it with resentment in your heart? Doesn’t count. If you do all of the good things in the world, but inside there is a festering rage at people? Doesn’t count. The most important thing is love. If you can do all these wonderful things and you don’t have love in your heart… you’re a grade-C garage band.

This sermon was preached on February 3, 2019 and the readings it was based on can be found here. It was preached at Trinity Episcopal Church in Warsaw, NY by the Rev. Sare Liz Anuszkiewicz.